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Martial Law protests, Duterte’s ‘guilty’ verdict, Comelec substitution rule | Midday wRap

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:37 PM

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Duterte welcomes U.S. national security adviser's threats vs ICC

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Duterte welcomes John Bolton's words as a means of putting 'international pressure' on the war crimes tribunal, which is also currently examining if it has jurisdiction to investigate Duterte's controversial crackdown on illegal drugs

CHALLENGING THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. John Bolton image by Gage Skidmore and ICC building image by OSeveno from Wikimedia Commons. Duterte photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential photo.

EXPLAINER: What is the value of Belgium tribunal’s guilty verdict on Duterte?

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls it a 'sham proceeding' and 'propaganda by the Left'

Toll from Ethiopia bloodshed at least 58

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:27 PM

The cited figure is more than double government estimates, and could be as high as 65, according to another source

FLEEING THE VIOLENCE. People who fled the violence in the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa sit at a youth centre used as a temporary shelter, on September 18, 2018. Photo by AFP.

Supreme Court rules BIR can't collect P3-B tax from Petron, Shell

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:07 PM

Dubbed as the tax refund scam of the 1990s, Petron and Shell win big in the Supreme Court

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Filipino boxer Jerwin Ancajas leaves for U.S. for title defense

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:49 PM

The Filipino IBF junior bantamweight champion will fight Alejandro Santiago of Mexico on September 30 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California

Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Airports' status in aftermath of Typhoon Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here is a look at the condition of airports in typhoon-hit areas

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

The problem with plastics: stopping it 'at the source'

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Brands need to give consumers options that encourage them to reuse, recycle, or return their plastic packaging instead of throwing them away after one use

Rubbish mostly plastics littering the shoreline of Freedom Island in Paranaque City polluting Manila Bay. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Ancajas trains despite rains, winds

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas looks all ready to defend his IBF junior bantamweight crown against Mexican Alejandro Santiago Barrios

CONDITIONED. Jerwin Ancajas isn’t taking his younger foe lightly. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

NAIA Consortium gains original proponent status for P102-B airport rehab

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:02 PM

The proposal to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now up for the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority Board

REHAB. NAIA Consortium has been awarded the "original proponent status" by the government for the rehabilitation of the country's main gateway. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

World leaders to attend Kofi Annan's state funeral in Ghana

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo calls the funeral 'a major event for our country' and describes Annan as 'one of the most illustrious people of this generation'

KOFI ANNAN. Local chiefs, politicians and extended family members wait to pay their respects to Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of United Nations who died on August 18 at the age of 80 after a short illness, at the entrance of Accra International Conference Centre in Accra on September 12, 2018. Photo by Ruth McDowall/AFP

Canceled flights due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of flights canceled due to Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts – with new quotas

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The vote confirms a long-standing commitment to so-called aboriginal subsistence whaling for nutritional and cultural reasons – an exception to the decades-old ban on commercial whaling

WHALES. This undated handout photo released by the Australian Customs Service on February 7, 2008 shows a whale (front) and another (partly seen at right) being dragged on board a Japanese ship after being harpooned in Antarctic waters. File photo by Australian Customs Service/AFP

Colombian rebel group ELN releases 6 hostages, says ICRC

Sep 13, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The group is handed over to a humanitarian commission made up of the Ombudsman, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Roman Catholic Church

RELEASED. This handout picture released by the Colombian Ombudsman Office shows hostages walking next to Ombudsman Carlos Alfonso Negret (L) after being released by the ELN guerrilla in Choco department, Colombia, on September 12, 2018. Handout photo by Colombian Ombudsman/AFP

Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Pro-whaling Japan has voted against the project, backed by commercial whaling states Iceland and Norway, as well as Russia

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

International Criminal Court 'undeterred' after US sanctions threat

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:25 PM

'The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law,' the tribunal says in a statement

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

LBPI Design International: Reaping the rewards of flexible solutions

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The workplace is an ecosystem. it must provide the right balance of performance, engagement, and well-being.

U.S. threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:27 AM

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton says the US is prepared to slap financial sanctions and criminal charges on officials of the court if they proceed against any Americans

ON ICC. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

NAIA opens 2 newly-built rapid exit taxiways

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:00 PM

With this new addition, NAIA now has 4 high speed exits for commercial airlines to use

NAIA's NEW TAXIWAYS. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH gov't now seeking nearly P72 million from Xiamen Air

Sep 10, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Parallel investigations into the Xiamen Air runway mishap are still ongoing

Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Eddie Monreal at the senate hearing on public service. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on the NAIA runway accident

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Watch the hearing on the Xiamen Air mishap at the NAIA runway live on Monday, September 10

PH dragon boat team vies to defend world titles

Sep 09, 2018 - 3:41 PM

After its Asian Games stint, the national dragon boat team hopes to rule at least two events in the World Championships

ICC can rule on Rohingya deportations from Myanmar

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:19 PM

The International Criminal Court's 'pre-trial chamber...decided by majority the court may exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportations of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh'

ROHINGYA. This photograph taken on September 12, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees arriving by boat at Shah Parir Dwip on the Bangladesh side of the Naf River after fleeing violence in Myanmar. Photo by Adib Chowdhury/AFP

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Ruben Carranza on holding Duterte accountable in ICC

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:00 AM

On Friday, September 7, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza to talk about the prospects of the possible case against President Duterte before the International Criminal Court

The Philippines’ Silent Filmfest, the only one in Asia

Sep 07, 2018 - 6:30 AM

The 12th International Silent Film Festival was held in SM Megamall from August 30 to September 2

SILENT FILM. Arturo Carballo’s ‘Frivolinas,’ a 1920s-era Spanish film, is live scored by Filipino band Tapati at the 12th International Silent Film Festival. Screenshot from Facebook.com/InternationalSilentFilmFestivalManila

Japan's Kansai airport to reopen partially on September 7

Sep 06, 2018 - 3:58 PM

The Kansai International Airport was battered by Typhoon Jebi, which made landfall Tuesday, September 4 as the strongest storm to hit Japan since 1993

STRANDED. Passengers stranded at the Kansai International Airport due to Typhoon Jebi wait for buses that will transport them from the airport in Izumisano city, Osaka prefecture on September 6, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

South Korean envoy meets Kim in Pyongyang amid nuclear deadlock

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Special envoy Chung Eui-yong's delegation 'met with Chairman Kim Jong Un and delivered a personal letter (from Moon) and exchanged opinions,' a presidential office spokesman in Seoul says

DIPLOMATIC TRIP. Chung Eui-yong (C), head of the presidential National Security Office, Suh Hoon (2nd R), the chief of the South's National Intelligence Service, and other delegators walk to board an aircraft as they leave for Pyongyang at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, on September 5, 2018.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Cebu Pacific now flies daily from Clark to Macau

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Flights from Clark to Macau will be at 9:25 pm daily, with return flights to the Philippines at 12:15 am the following day

MORE FLIGHTS. Budget airline Cebu Pacific increases flights from Clark International Airport. Photo courtesy of Cebu Pacific

Xiamen Air to 'negotiate' with PH government over P33-million fine

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The Manila International Airport Authority plans to increase the fine to cover other costs stemming from the runway mishap at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

NEGOTIATIONS. Manila International Airport Authority Ed Monreal says Xiamen Air representatives are set to arrive in the Philippines this week. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

You can now ride P2P buses from Araneta Cubao to NAIA

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:57 PM

A premium point-to-point bus route from Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City to Ninoy Aquino International Airport is now operational, only for P100

POINT-TO-POINT. UBE Express launched a point-to-point (P2P) bus from Araneta Center Cubao in Quezon City to NAIA in Pasay. Photo from Araneta Center's FB page

After NAIA runway mess, CAAP backs creation new airport dev't body

Sep 05, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The proposed Philippine Airport Development Corporation will oversee the construction, maintenance, and development of all airports in the country

AVIATION AUTHORITY CHIEF. CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco attends the House committee on transportation’s probe into the runway mess at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on September 5, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

#AskTheTaxWhiz: VAT or non-VAT taxpayer?

Sep 05, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Philippine Tax Whiz explains when to register as a VAT or non-VAT taxpayer, for the self-employed and professionals

Japan evacuates major airport after typhoon wreaks havoc

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:18 AM

(4th UPDATE) The typhoon has swept a 2,500-ton tanker into the bridge to Kansai International Airport, the region's main international gateway and a national transport hub

TYPHOON JEBI. This handout picture released by Kansai airport coast guard air base on September 4, 2018 and received through Jiji press shows a tanker after it collided with a bridge connecting to Kansai International Airport due to Typhoon Jebi's strong winds in Izumisano city, in Osaka prefecture. AFP PHOTO/Kansai airport coast guard air base

CJ De Castro: No local law that put Rome Statute in effect

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:27 AM

'I think it is conceded that we do not have any implementing legislation yet,' says the Chief Justice

Newly installed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro with other justices starts the oral arguments on the withdrawal in the International Criminal Court in Manila on August 28, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Russia says space station leak could be deliberate sabotage

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin says the hole detected last Thursday in a Russian space craft docked at the orbiting station was caused by a drill and could have been done deliberately, either back on Earth or by astronauts in space

SPACE STATION. This NASA TV frame grab shows a pair of US astronauts as they began a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on May 16, 2018 to swap and check on two external cooling boxes, nicknamed "Leaky" and "Frosty. File photo by NASA TV/AFP

What's the relevance of the International Criminal Court to Filipinos?

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The ICC provides a 'safety mechanism' for Filipinos seeking redress of grievances, counsel for petitioners Barry Gutierrez says

ALL RISE. The Supreme Court hears on August 28, 2018 oral arguments on the withdrawal from the ICC. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House panel to probe Xiamen Air runway accident at NAIA

Sep 04, 2018 - 7:55 PM

House transportation committee chairperson Cesar Sarmiento himself filed the resolution directing his own panel to investigate the NAIA runway mess

LAWMAKERS TO INVESTIGATE. Workers attend to a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 after it slids off the NAIA runway in Paranaque City on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Canceled PH flights to and from Osaka due to typhoon Jebi, September 5

Sep 04, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Philipine Airlines says in its advisory it is anticipating further disruptions to flights to and from Kansai as Typhoon Jebi batters Osaka

CLOSED DUE TO TYPHOON. Kansai International Airport is closed due to typhoon Jebi, prompting cancellations to and from Osaka, Japan. Photo by Shutterstock.

Canceled PH flights to and from Osaka due to Typhoon Jebi, September 4

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Jebi causes the temporary closure of Kansai International Airport, disrupting a number of flights to and from it

CANCELLED FLIGHTS. A Philippine Airlines plane at Kansai International Airport in Osaka. Photo from Shutterstock.

PH senators return to SC to fight for ICC membership

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:04 PM

During oral arguments, former Akbayan representative Barry Gutierrez will present on behalf of the senators. 13 years ago, former senator Pimentel asked the SC to compel the Palace to have the Senate ratify the Rome Statute.

Newly installed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro with other justices starts the oral arguments on the withdrawal in the International Criminal Court in Manila on August 28, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

3 dead as strongest typhoon in quarter century batters Japan

Sep 04, 2018 - 12:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Typhoon Jebi makes landfall around noon local time, slamming into the west of the country packing winds of up to 216 kilometers (135 miles) per hour

JEBI. Satellite image for Typhoon Jebi as of 02:30 UTC (10:30 am Manila time) September 4, 2018. Image courtesy of NOAA

Xian Lim to host Miss Grand International 2018

Sep 04, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Xian returns as host of the pageant, happening in Myanmar on October 25

Recordings of Xiamen Air flight in NAIA runway mishap back in Manila

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:13 PM

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Aircraft Investigation and Inquiry Board investigators confirm the black box data recording is of good quality

SKID. Workers attend to a Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 after it slids off the NAIA runway in Paranaque City on August 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ancajas nears top shape in title defense vs Barrios

Sep 03, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The Filipino boxing star wants to leave a mark in his third appearance in the US

KEEPING HIS BELT. Jerwin Ancajas will try to defend his IBF title for the 6th time. File photo from Alvin S. Go


Olympic clock ticking on boxing's 'cultural change'

Sep 03, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Philippine boxing official Ed Picson hopes that IOC won't carry out its threat to remove boxing from the Olympics

CONTROVERSIAL. Filipino boxer Rogen Ladon loses to Uzbekistan's Jasurbek Latipov via referee stopped contest after getting a cut on the forehead. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Heads up, bookworms! Manila International Book Fair begins September 12

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:06 PM

The annual event – a treat for both educators and casual readers – will be held from September 12 to 16

BOOK FAIR. The Manila International Book Fair is now on its 39th year. File photo by Vernice L Tantuco/Rappler

Call for papers: 6th International Research Forum on the Philippines

Sep 03, 2018 - 9:07 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The 6th International Research Forum on the Philippines is on November 26 to 27 at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia

Things you need to know about Trabaho bill

Sep 02, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The Trabaho bill aims to reduce the corporate income tax rate from 30% to 20%

BUSINESSES. The Trabaho bill aims to reduce the corporate income tax rate from 30% to 20%. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Will soft power save the rules-based order?

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:05 AM

Soft power seeks the long-term view – the weaving of a powerful narrative that avoids the use of force and coercion but instead utilizes inducement

International Criminal Court issue will mark Duterte presidency

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:54 PM

‘He made his drug war a central point. How he handles the many deaths being committed around it will mark his presidency,’ says an international human rights lawyer